Sometimes the friends were in the next room visible on a monitor but unable to communicate with the driver.
With friends out of the room but nearby, watching on a monitor but unable to communicate, adolescents still took more chances.
In that situation, it wasn’t possible for the friends to exert verbal peer pressure, but it didn’t matter.
“When kids were in the presence of peers, it activated reward centers in the brain,” Steinberg said.
After raising peer groups of mice, Steinberg and Chein gave them alcohol, which triggers reward systems in mouse brains just as it does in human brains.

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